Body Massage and Its History

Massage is one of the easiest ways of attaining and maintaining good health and something we all do naturally: It is a healing instinct, innate in us all, to rub an aching shoulder or stroke a furrowed brow. Headaches, aches and pains, insomnia, tension and stress can all be alleviated with one simple instrument - our hands/vibrator.

Body Massage and Its History

History of Massage.

Massage probably goes as far back in history as the existence of man. It is probably the oldest form of medical treatment, and has been used throughout history by all cultures. Itwas called an atripsis bythe Greek physician, Hippocrates and referred to tripsis, friction, manipulation, rubbing or shampooing by other writers. Our use of the word massage is relatively new, and probably derives from the Arabic word "masah" which means to stroke with the hand.

Ancient Chinese, Indian and Egyptian manuscripts refer to the use of massage to prevent and cure diseases and to heal injuries. The earliest mention of massage appears in a Chinese book dating about 2700 B.C.

Massage has always been greatly valued in India, and practially everyone you meet here knows how to massage. Mothers massage their babies, and later children are taught to do the same for their parents. Massage is incorporated in Ayurvedic treatment - an Indian system of medicine dating back to 1800 B.C. with herbs, spices and aromatic oils being rubbed into the-skin.

Today once again, the therapeutic value of massage is being recognized. It is regaining its rightful place in health care, as a complement to other medical treatment, and as a means of helping us all to maintain positive health.

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